New Look 6097 + Mood Silk Jersey

16 Aug New Look 6097 + Mood Silk Jersey

  Until today I owned one silk jersey dress.  I bought a Diane von Furstenberg silk jersey wrap dress in 2007 for which I paid $300.00. Since I’ve been sewing my clothes during the last 11 and a half months instead of buying ready-to-wear, I can hardly believe I spent so much money on a simple dress.

Sunday, I returned home from the beach to two and a half yards of this beautiful black and cream silk jersey I ordered from Mood Fabrics. The pen and ink design reminded me of an etching from the Bloomsbury artists’ era; a period that has fascinated me for years. However, there was no sentimental influence in selecting a pattern.

Since sewing with silk jersey was a new experience, I wanted a familiar pattern and chose one I made in February (blogged here).

The pattern and fabric married well.

  I skipped out on making a fabric belt and sewed an extra long sash that doubles around the waist. I also left the tabs off of the arms leaving me the option to wear the sleeves long, pushed up or rolled.The slight bulk in the back doesn’t bother me since this jersey drapes so beautifully.

I wrote my last post in a  summer state of mind, but sewing this dress which costs a small fraction of  similar RTW garments gets me excited about the fall, even if  it is over five weeks away!

Until soon 🙂

  • Karen
    Posted at 18:17h, 16 August Reply

    It’s gorgeous, Sarah! It’s the perfect pairing of pattern and fabric – and I love the versatility of the sleeves. Hm-m-m-m, does your comment mean you will be sewing and blogging after your one year is up??

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:26h, 17 August Reply

      Thank you so much, Karen! This pattern is well drafted and I really enjoyed sewing silk jersey………. about the future…….. I need to figure out what to do ……….I’ve sewn non-stop this year and need to find a little balance. 🙂

  • lakaribane
    Posted at 18:19h, 16 August Reply

    Beyond cute! And I agree that one should used a proven pattern with expensive fabrics, if only to keep yourself from heartbreak, LOL!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:27h, 17 August Reply

      Thank you! You’re right – heartbreak on a nice piece of fabric is to be avoided !! 🙂

  • Martha
    Posted at 18:35h, 16 August Reply

    Such gorgeous fabric. Great marriage of pattern and fabric on you.

  • Amanda S.
    Posted at 18:36h, 16 August Reply

    Very pretty on you!

  • Dilliander
    Posted at 18:40h, 16 August Reply

    It looks fabulous and very high end! I gather the dress is not lined so the silk jersey must feel beautiful to wear. It also drapes very nicely in this pattern. An emphatic success all round, as has been your one year challenge 🙂

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:29h, 17 August Reply

      Many thanks for the nice comment, Dilliander! The silk jersey feels very nice against the skin. I want to sew this fabric again for sure 🙂 🙂

    Posted at 18:43h, 16 August Reply

    I love it. So simplistic yet elegant.

  • poppykettle
    Posted at 18:50h, 16 August Reply

    I love how the right fabric choice can make a simple seeming pattern really something special. And I love your fabric choice here! The dress style looks wonderful on you as well – at a fraction of the price of the ‘real’ thing 🙂

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:33h, 17 August Reply

      Hi Poppykettle! Sometimes I think it’s all in the fabric – until a humbling experience comes along. This is the type of experiences that makes sewing worthwhile for sure 🙂 Thanks for writing!

  • Cheryl in Carolina
    Posted at 18:50h, 16 August Reply

    Love it! As usual, excellent choices on pattern and style!

    Did you serge the seams or use a regular machine – and if so, what kind of stitch did you use? I’m currently investigating sewing machines, and am wondering what I REALLY need, since I’m not really interested in doing a bunch of embroidery like stitches. Your things are always great successes, and I believe you mentioned once that you loved your sewing machine – obviously the two of you do well together 🙂

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:38h, 17 August Reply

      Thank you, Cheryl! I have a 20 year old Bernina 1230 and a new Bernina 1150 MDA. My sewing machine was top of the line when I received it as a gift from my hubby, and it is still everything I need for sewing. I’m sure there is a Bernina dealer who will show you the details of the machine selection. On this dress I used both machines.

  • sewbusylizzy
    Posted at 19:05h, 16 August Reply

    Silk jersey? That sounds delicious and must feel even better. I might have to source some of that online and give it as try myself!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:40h, 17 August Reply

      Thank you, Lizzy! Sewing on the silk jersey was a wonderful experience. It wasn’t as slippery as I expected and held its shape beautifully. I recommend it for sure!

  • Alethia
    Posted at 19:06h, 16 August Reply

    I agree with Cheryl, excellent choice in fabric and pattern! I am in love with this dress, what a wonderful job you did; no wonder you are excited about the Fall!!
    Armed with a sewing machine, great fabric, and a stylish pattern, who needs retail!
    BTW, I love the changes you made~ tie instead of the belt and the not adding the loops, very classy!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:43h, 17 August Reply

      Many thanks for your nice comment, Alethia! I find this pattern to be flattering. If/when I make it again I will shorten the bodice 3/4″ , but it’s easy to sew!

  • Maggie Edger
    Posted at 19:23h, 16 August Reply

    You just keep having hit after hit. Love black and white and the pattern is wonderful especially on you. I hope you don’t stop sewing in the near future. You definitely show your artistic flare in the picking of your fabrics and patterns. Great dress!!!!!! A Maggie

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:45h, 17 August Reply

      Thank you so much, Maggie! I believe I’m finally getting the hang of it 🙂 🙂

  • Andrea
    Posted at 19:30h, 16 August Reply

    Beautiful fabric, beautiful dress. Fits you perfectly! I recognize the cover of the book on the piano from the “Bach” peeking over the piano. Who plays in your house?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:09h, 17 August Reply

      Thank you, Andrea! Both of my daughters and I play the piano, although they have moved so I guess I’m the only one in the house now who plays. You must play too!

  • velosewer
    Posted at 20:08h, 16 August Reply

    You look so elegant and you always have a good eye for pairing the best fabrics with styles.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:13h, 17 August Reply

      Thank you Maria – the kind remark means a lot coming from someone with your talent 🙂

  • prttynpnk
    Posted at 20:22h, 16 August Reply

    Oh I love your sash treatment, the black and white is a nice look with this!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:14h, 17 August Reply

      Thank you! I didn’t know where to begin in making a belt and decided it wasn’t me anyway. I find sashes far more versatile 🙂

  • Becky
    Posted at 21:57h, 16 August Reply

    Your changes make this dress, as usual. Love the sash instead of the belt, especially with this fabric. I love it! The pattern was a great choice for this fabric, and you look fabulous in it.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:16h, 17 August Reply

      Thank you so much, Becky! It all came together nicely….. and easily for a change! 🙂

  • Lori
    Posted at 22:23h, 16 August Reply

    Incredible dress, you look fantastic as always. I have this pattern and now after seeing your beautiful dress, I need to get it made!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:18h, 17 August Reply

      Thank you, Lori! I anticipate you knocking this one out in a few minutes 😉 Congratulations on your exciting news!!

  • Patty
    Posted at 22:44h, 16 August Reply

    Gorgeous! And this dress must feel lovely to wear. I need to make this dress, I love the pockets!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:20h, 17 August Reply

      Thank you, Patty! The pockets were the attraction when I bought this pattern, but I really like the entire pattern after sewing it twice 🙂 The dress does feel great to wear too!

  • dizyben
    Posted at 22:46h, 16 August Reply

    So beautiful!

  • Coco
    Posted at 22:58h, 16 August Reply

    Really pretty, wonderful fabric.

  • Valerie
    Posted at 03:03h, 17 August Reply

    The style of the dress is gorgeous, so is the fabric and looks so couture. I’d been resisting this pattern until now. It is on my wish list.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:21h, 17 August Reply

      Many thanks, Valerie! I believe you will love this pattern 🙂

  • Pauline Droy
    Posted at 03:12h, 17 August Reply

    looks fabulous – I guess if you are looking to fall then you will continue with your sewing!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:23h, 17 August Reply

      Hi Pauline! I definitely plan to sew this pattern again maybe in a dreamy soft wool (if I can find it! ) 🙂

  • Sassy T
    Posted at 05:03h, 17 August Reply

    The dress looks fab. Silk Jersey as previous commenter ssaid sounds oh so delicious.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:24h, 17 August Reply

      Thanks so much! The silk jersey is a wonderful fabric to sew and it does feel dreamy 🙂

  • Cissie Wellons
    Posted at 06:00h, 17 August Reply

    Another great looking dress! That one will take you anywhere — from shopping (investigative shopping, of course) to lunch to dinner and beyond. I’ve never tackled silk jersey before so hope you’ll offer some tips since I’m guessing it can be slippery and fidgety.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:26h, 17 August Reply

      Thank you, Cissie – one of those CCCs you refer to 🙂 You would love sewing on silk jersey and actually it is not as slippery or fidgety as you would imagine. I’m sure you’ll make something wonderful with it!

  • jlundy6116
    Posted at 06:26h, 17 August Reply

    Great dress! You’ve inspired me to try that one!

  • Angela
    Posted at 07:48h, 17 August Reply

    Thank you for your inspiration. I just found your blog and found several ideas from you. We seem to be about the same size and have the same taste in dresses and skirts.

    I just ordered your fabric from Mood a couple of days ago! So happy to see it sewn up into such a pretty dress. Your dress is gorgeous!!! I also ordered a pretty wool and angora jersey. Curious to see what that one will be like.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:15h, 18 August Reply

      Thank you, Angela for this nice comment. You will love the silk jersey and I would love to see what you make with it!

  • Cissie Wellons
    Posted at 08:25h, 17 August Reply

    Just spied the Bach Inventions book on your piano! It lives on my piano always — just to remind me that once upon a time I could play a few of them!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:19h, 18 August Reply

      Hi Cissie! Actually……….. it is a book of Bach French Suites, none of which I can play. I was a piano major in college and have devoted much of my professional life to the classical music industry through the years. One of these days I may to learn to play one of the Suites – is there enough time in the day for sewing and practicing the piano?

      • Cissie Wellons
        Posted at 13:49h, 19 August Reply

        Probably not, unless you find that balance you refer to! I haven’t found it yet.

      • goodbyevalentino
        Posted at 15:08h, 19 August Reply

        Hmmm….. that’s what I thought you would say 😉

  • chicenvelopements
    Posted at 09:10h, 17 August Reply

    Really pretty as usual! I have some similar fabric stashed away waiting for an inspiration. I might have to try something similar. Are you going to continue your no RTW when your year is over? You’ve made so many beautiful clothes.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:22h, 18 August Reply

      Thank you, Beth! Black and white/cream/off white is always a winner! After August 31, there are some garments on my shopping list such as a black sweater set, a bathing suit, and some Lululemon workout clothes……. This already sounds expensive……

  • Cuckoo Chanel
    Posted at 09:41h, 17 August Reply

    Another stunner!! You inspire me constantly. The drape is flattering, and I love those pockets. Everything works! Can’t wait to start playing with gorgeous fabrics like this.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:26h, 18 August Reply

      Thank you! It’s projects like these that make you want to sew again!
      ……love that Elvis post – you need to meet my brother 🙂

  • Lexlady05
    Posted at 14:07h, 17 August Reply

    Awesome dress. Have so enjoyed your journey and blog. You have inspired me to follow in your footsteps. Please don’t stop when you pass day 365. I know I speak for others who want to continue seeing your skills develop.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:29h, 18 August Reply

      This is a lovely comment and I am flattered to know I have inspired you to do the same. This year has been very fulfilling to me in so many ways! Many thanks for writing 🙂

  • MaryMM
    Posted at 19:29h, 17 August Reply

    I love your silk jersey dress, and I know nothing else feels quite as luxurious. Once again you have hit it out of the park, combining perfectly fabric and pattern and fit. You have a masterful touch, and I know you are hooked on sewing for the duration, struggle as you might. I too have Bach Inventions on my piano and always will and probably never will master any of them.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:35h, 18 August Reply

      Thank you so much for this kind comment, Mary! This project definitely came together and I may try the pattern one more time 🙂 The book of Bach is actually a book of French Suites, none of which I can play. I was a piano major in college and not only learned, but later taught many of the Inventions. On occasion, I’ll sit down and relearn #13…… I think Bach was the original jazz musician 🙂

  • Joyce Love
    Posted at 23:37h, 17 August Reply

    Fabulous, as always! You purple version was great but this one is even better!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:36h, 18 August Reply

      Thank you, Joyce. The purple dress was one of the first knit garments I made. I like it and will wear it again this winter, but the black and white looks more RTW in my opinion. 🙂

  • sewingfashion
    Posted at 06:49h, 18 August Reply

    Fabulous looking dress! love the fabric, very nice.

  • Bobbi
    Posted at 09:19h, 18 August Reply

    Please please please do not stop your blog. I just discovered you a few weeks ago and find you refreshing and inspiring. Find your balance but continue to blog. Create one item a month. Words are rushing in my mind in trying how to convey what I want to say. You have a natural talent, you have found your niche, I think you are budding on a new career path. I envision you as a guest judge on Project Runway which would evolve into a permanent spot. You have a point of view that needs to be shouted from the roof tops. You have an ability to use a critical eye and create stunning outfits. I tip my hat to you and congratulations on your success. You know what looks good on you, you could evolve this blog into musings and visions of taking a body type, incorporating a pattern, and fabric and an outfit that is already out there and blog on that. Whatever you end up doing, please do not stop. I have rambled on enough. I value you, love your style, and KNOW that you are about to embrace a new career path.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:19h, 19 August Reply

      Wow, Bobbi! I’m so flattered and humbled by your kind remarks and confidence in me that I’m not sure what to say at this point except a big t h a n k y o u ! ….and you have some great ideas 🙂 🙂

  • gingermakes
    Posted at 20:56h, 18 August Reply

    How beautiful! I absolutely love this! What a perfect pairing of fabric and pattern!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:10h, 19 August Reply

      Thank you so much, Ginger! It was one of those sewing projects that make you want to keep sewing 🙂

  • Ruth
    Posted at 09:04h, 19 August Reply

    A very sophisticated dress – classy.

  • danvillegirl
    Posted at 22:35h, 19 August Reply

    I love this dress. The fabric made up beautifully for this pattern.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:29h, 20 August Reply

      Thank you so much! I was intrigued by the fabric and hope to find more printed silk jersey soon 🙂

  • Amy
    Posted at 00:19h, 20 August Reply

    What a lovely dress! And, you’ll never believe that I just made a top (two, actually – one for my sister-in-law) with that exact same fabric. I’ve yet to find time to take a photo of them, but I’m hoping to get around to it soon. Isn’t it such lovely fabric? And, your pairing with the wrap dress pattern is stunning. I have to admit that I was a wee bit sad when I saw how great the fabric looked as a dress. I will get a lot of use out of my top, but next time I find myself with a nice piece of silk jersey, I might go digging through my stash for a cute dress like yours.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:35h, 20 August Reply

      Thank you, Amy! One of the beauties of sewing is the creative process behind each project, and I look forward to seeing your top which I’m sure is beautiful 🙂

  • Gail
    Posted at 03:39h, 20 August Reply

    Very DVF! I love black and whit fabric, so you’d won me over with just a peek of that fabric.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:15h, 25 August Reply

      Thank you, Gail! This fabric is w o n d e r f u l !!!

  • Heather
    Posted at 14:04h, 22 August Reply

    Lovely, lovely dress – oh to have access to Mood.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:16h, 25 August Reply

      Thank you, Heather! Most of my Mood purchases are through online orders. You must live outside the US………

  • SheriNJ
    Posted at 15:59h, 22 August Reply

    Stunning dress! I just got an email from dvf today with new wrap dresses. Yours could easily be in the email with hers! I would like to add myself to the list of those who would love to see your blog continue. I only found it recently, and your projects are beyond fabulous.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:17h, 25 August Reply

      Many thanks, Sheri! I’ve found that wrap dresses are not too difficult to make. I love the silk jersey fabrics DVF uses and couldn’t resist trying something similar 🙂

  • Myra
    Posted at 05:56h, 24 August Reply

    OMG this is so cute! This pattern has been sitting collecting dust, if I looks this pretty made up, what am I waiting on?? Your fabric choice is perfect too!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:24h, 24 August Reply

      You definitely need to make it Myra…..this pattern would look terrific on you! Many thanks for writing.

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